Game #5141

Season | 2010-11 |

Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #14 |
Premier League Match-week | #14 |  
Manager Game | #11 |
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Premier League | Away | Blackburn Rovers | Ewood Park | 21,848 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Gérard Houllier |

KO | 13.30 |
Referee | Michael Oliver | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDWDL | 

League Position | 13th | -5 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Friedel |
RB Luke Young |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Ciaran Clark |
BOOKED | 61' |
M Barry Bannan |
M Jonathan Hogg |
SUB OFF | 81' |
M Stephen Ireland | SUB OFF | 69' |
W Stewart Downing |
W Ashley Young |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
SUB OFF | 78' |

Substitutes |

M Robert Pirès DEBUT | for M Stephen Ireland | 69’ | 
F Nathan Delfouneso for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 78’ | 
M Chris Herd for M Jonathan Hogg | 81’ |

Unused Substitutes |

GK Brad Guzan
M Isaiah Osbourne 
D Eric Lichaj
RB Shane Lowry

Cards |

 Yellow | Ciaran Clark | 61’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.08 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Friedel | 39.52 |

Youngest Player | M Barry Bannan | 20.96 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

M Fabian Delph |

F Andreas Weimann |

M Stiliyan Petrov |

CF John Carew |

CF Emile Heskey |

RB Habib Beye |

M Steve Sidwell |

M Nigel Reo-Coker |

CB Carlos Cuéllar |

W Marc Albrighton | 

Bomb Squad |

M Moustapha Salifou |

Loaned Out |

CB Curtis Davies |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 61
Possession A | 39
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 15

 On this day 21 November 2010 

Robert Pirès made his Villa debut aged 37 after joining Villa as a free agent earlier this month

Match report


Sky Sports

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Pedersen vanquishes Villa

Morten Gamst Pedersen’s brace saw Blackburn beat Aston Villa 2-0 to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
Pedersen opened the scoring with a free-kick from a tight angle on the right on the stroke of half-time.


The Norwegian scored in exactly the same way against Wigan at Ewood Park recently and repeated the trick to leave Villa keeper Brad Friedel blushing.

Villa started brightly after the break and Ashley Young hit the crossbar before Pedersen notched his second on 66 minutes when directing Ryan Nelsen’s shot into the net from an El-Hadji Diouf corner.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier introduced Robert Pires for his debut and the visitors pressed late on but Blackburn held on to rise to 11th in the table.


Venkateshwara and Balaji Rao, the directors of new Blackburn owners Venky’s, came on to the pitch to greet the club’s fans before kick-off and received warm applause.

Once things got under way Rovers’ players seemed eager to please the new owners as well, with Jason Roberts sending a dangerous ball into the box in the opening few minutes that was cleared away.

The home side then won a free-kick just outside the area which was laid to Christopher Samba, only for the captain to skew his effort wide.


Villa went on the attack almost immediately after, though, and Paul Robinson did well to save Stewart Downing’s low drive with his feet.

The visitors went close again when Barry Bannan drilled wide and Robinson was called into action once more around the quarter-hour mark, pushing Ashley Young’s shot away after the England winger had tied Michel Salgado in knots.

Blackburn regained possession and former Rovers defender Stephen Warnock made a great intervention to take the ball away from

Roberts as he bore down on goal.

Gael Givet then sliced an attempt over the bar after a failed clearance by Villa.

Allardyce’s team were starting to impose themselves a little more and Pedersen’s dead-ball deliveries began to cause problems, Roberts meeting one free-kick but was unable to keep his header down.

El-Hadji Diouf got his header closer to the target four minutes before the break but Friedel claimed it and Stephen Ireland nodded over at the other end.

Rovers then snatched the lead just before the interval through another Pedersen free-kick, the midfielder curling a strike perfectly just over Friedel, who flapped at the ball and should have done better.

Having brought on Pascal Chimbonda for Givet at half-time, Rovers found themselves almost immediately under pressure after the restart as Ashley Young had one shot palmed away by Robinson and then saw his header come back off the crossbar.

*Wild effort*

Play switched though, and Roberts lashed one wild effort high and wide before picking out Phil Jones, who beat one man but could only fire into Friedel’s arms.

Pedersen unleashed another dangerous free-kick which several of his team-mates were just unable to get on the end of and then

Roberts put Diouf through, but Richard Dunne did just enough to ensure Friedel could deal with the Senegalese forward’s shot.

The hosts appeared to be threatening another goal and in the 66th minute it duly arrived, Pedersen again providing the finish after getting his foot to Nelsen’s drive following a scramble at a corner.

Villa boss Houllier responded by bringing on Pires in place of Ireland, the French veteran making his first Premier League appearance since 2006.

Diouf had a chance to make it 3-0 but headed over and Robinson did well again to deny Downing.

Nathan Delfouneso then came on for the ineffective Gabriel Agbonlahor, while Allardyce withdrew Pedersen, sending on Herold Goulon for his debut.

Delfouneso was unable to get any direction on a header soon after and Ashley Young protested that Jones had handled in the box.
His appeal was waved away by referee Michael Oliver, though, and Rovers hung on to secure the three points.